The Milwaukee Film Festival runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 8. There are more than 300 films playing, so how do you choose which ones to see?
Well, every weekday during the festival, we are sitting down with Milwaukee Film's Artistic and Executive Director, Jonathan Jackson, and asking him what he is seeing.
That should make things a little easier for you.
Jordan Lee: Johnathan what’s your pick today, the second day of Milwaukee film?
Johnathan Jackson: Tonight a really exciting Milwaukee premiere, The Russian Woodpecker. Not only one of the best titles of a movie in a festival. But also an award winning film. It kind of came out of nowhere at the Sundance Film Festival this year to win a grand jury prize for documentary film making. It’s a thrilling, actually very fun and inventive look at Ukranian and Russian relations all in the wake of sort of investigating tranoble and the Fallout related to it. A crazy side note to this is that I didn’t even know this going into the Sundance Film Festival, but the director Chad Gracia who is from South Milwaukee. He doesn’t live there today, he still has family there, and he grew up there. Here he was out of nowhere his debut film wins the grand jury prize at the Sun dance film festival and we’re proud to present it with him in person tonight.